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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: A Timeline Of Magazine Closings

taylor_swift_blender_cover-x622200.jpgIt’s been a tough year for the publishing industry, and magazines in particular have had it rough. Every major publisher has had to shutter at least one of its titles, and some of our favorite glossies have gone to that great magazine rack in the sky.

While it would take forever to list all the over 400 magazines that have folded this year, we here at FishbowlNY put together a timeline of some of the bigger names that were shuttered this year. The bad news? It looks like in the last six months of the year the number of titles snowballed. Here’s hoping that 2010 looks a lot brighter.

After the jump, our timeline

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Report: More Than 100 Magazines Shuttered In Last Three Months

cookie cover.jpgUpdating its numbers from a few months ago, Mediafinder.com, an online database of American and Canadian periodicals, reports that more than 100 magazines have folded in the past three months, bringing the total number of pubs tracked by Mediafinder that have been shuttered this year to 383.

These latest numbers do not include the four magazines folded by Condé Nast last week, but they do include Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., and Time Inc.‘s Style & Design and Southern Accents.

However, in the last three months, 72 new magazine have launched — including titles like Afar.

The numbers also show that regional magazines are closing more frequently than other categories, but they are they most frequently launched types of magazines as well. This is the same news that came out of Mediafinder back in July — so it appears that 2009 overall has been a big year for regional mags. Business-to-business magazines have also been in flux, accounting for 75 of the new launches since January and 130 of the closures. (24 b-to-b mags also went from print to online only in 2009, Mediafinder said.)

As the number of shuttered mags add up, we can be heartened by the fact that some pubs are taking a chance and launching in this harsh climate. They’re just simply not launching as quickly as they’re folding.

Earlier: More Evidence That The Magazine Industry Is In Trouble

Another Magazine Death: Time Inc.’s Southern Accents Shuttered

southern.pngTime Inc. announced today that the upcoming September/October issue of Southern Accents will be the magazine’s last. Its Web site, SouthernAccents.com, will still operate, the company said.

Time Inc. subsidiary Southern Progress Corp. purchased Southern Accents in 1985. The 32-year-old magazine was published six times a year. A rep for Southern Accents told FishbowlNY that 20 people would be affected by the magazine’s closure, although she wasn’t sure whether they would be let go or retained in some way. “The company is going to make every effort to retain the employees,” she added.

Southern Accents is an elegant, sophisticated brand that has resonated with its devoted readers for many years,” said Sylvia Auton, the Time Inc. executive VP who oversees the Lifestyle Group. “However, in this difficult economy, we need to focus our energy, resources and investment on our biggest and most profitable brands, so we had to make this difficult decision.”

Southern Progress, which also publishes titles like Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health and Coastal Living, has gone through some tough cost cutting in recent months, with several staffers getting the axe.